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Finding ledges on the steep climb

W “During the day I practice ‘returning to a ledge’ several times, creating a safe, appreciative space where I can look after myself and also feel that the steep climb of my life is do-able, and that it is all worth it!” S Dear Toby,This weeks article describes an image that I have been using […]

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Choosing to be on Your Own Side

W ‘Are you for yourself or against yourself?’   N Dear Integral Meditators, Of the articles I have written, this is one of  my favorites. In the spirit of being on our own sides, Toby Choosing to be on Your Own Side When you take a creative chance in your business and it does not come out […]

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Letting your mind come home to roost

W “Imagine your mind is like a bird that has been flying around busily from this place to that, never resting. Meditation is like that bird coming back to its nest, it’s home, to rest, to regenerate and gain strength.”  W Dear Integral Meditators,This weeks article uses an image as its object of meditation, I […]

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Balancing your knowledge with wisdom (letting go)

K “Knowledge is learning something every day, wisdom is letting go of something every day” – Zen Proverb Dear Integral Meditators,This weeks article explores how we can balace our accumulation of knowledge with the wisdom of letting go. Enjoy! In the spirit of  wisdom, Toby     Balancing your knowledge with wisdom (letting go) “Knowledge […]

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From coping to thriving: The path of conscious manhood

W Dear Toby, What is it going to take for men to thrive in their maleness in toady’s world? The article below some practical reflections on this! In the spirit of  benevolent manhood, Toby   From coping to thriving: The path of conscious manhood What (or where) is the path of men in today’s world? We […]

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On appreciation, gratitude and impermanence

W “When you truly know what you have is transient, then you can short-circuit the natural tendency that we all have to take things for granted. This in turn gives us a powerful incentive to appreciate what we have, and make the most of it today.” Dear Integral Meditators, This weeks article is a personal reflection […]

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Ten essential mindfulness practices

Dear Integral Meditators, Mindfulness is, in essence the art of attention training. Looked at this way there are many, many ways of paying attention, and so there are a huge variety of mindfulness practices. The list below lists ten ‘mindful domains’, each of which play an important part in a truly integral mindfulness practice. If […]

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Mindful of: Your tone of voice 

M Dear Integral Meditators, So much of our life is spent communicating, it’s definitely worthwhile investing out time, attention and intelligence to ´craft’ your messages and their tones wisely and benevolently. This weeks article explores some practical ways of doing this! Final reminder of this Saturdays  Practical introduction to Qi gong workshop, 9.30am-1pm, Tuesday meditation classes re-start next […]

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Four mindful questions, four times a year

B Dear Integral Meditators, Asking questions to yourself mindfully and reflectively, without hurrying, can be a very useful way of resetting your energy, and moving forward with greater clarity and purpose. The article below outlines four that I ask strategically during the year. In the spirit of thoughtful questions, Toby Four mindful questions, four times […]

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Mindful of your intensity level

E “By being mindful of our intensity level we can avoid burning out thought long term over-exertion, and also avoid unnecessary under-productivity. It’s an easy way to avoid extremes and hit your ‘sweet spot’ in terms of both quality of life and productivity!” Dear Integral Meditators, What is your habitual ‘speed and intensity level’? This […]

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